For many years St Laurence has run a programme of Outdoor Education and associated activities. It is aimed to challenge students beyond the classroom environment and offer development through the years. The main areas covered are:
Year 8 – Lake District Residential
For 30 years St Laurence has been taking Year 8 students to the Lake District. This residential experience now aims at the whole year group going to stay at Ambleside Youth Hostel. We self run the activities which include a visit to a National Park Visitor Centre, Orienteering in Whinlatter Forest Park , a Mountain Walk and a day in Keswick, Castlerigg and the Cumberland Pencil Museum. Also included are two boat trips on Windermere and Derwent Water. It is expected that the whole of the year group take part in this experience.
Year 9 – Black Rock Residential
This is a purpose built activity week for St Laurence in the Quantocks. We have been visiting the Centre for nearly 20 years and this has built into a really challenging experience where students have the opportunity to participate in High and Low ropes, Archery, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Climbing and Caving as well as a series of problem solving and team building activities. We stay at Hill House, a large Georgian building, not far from Bridgewater, which offers a very flexible programme in superb surroundings. Again, this is a residential trip that we encourage the whole of the year group to participate.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme at St Laurence School is open to all students in Years 10 -13.
Year 10: Bronze
Year 11: Silver
The Award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
Students get to choose what they do.
The programme can be full of activities and projects that get students engaged, and along the way pick up experiences, friends and skills that will stay with them for the rest of their life.
To encourage service to individuals and the community, such as first aid, fund raising or sports leading.
To encourage the discovery and development of personal interests, social and practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, film/video making or fishing.
To encourage participation and improvement in physical activity, such as cycling, athletics, judo or rugby.
To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. This exploration will start locally in the Bradford on Avon area, before moving further afield into wild country as students gain experience.
Year 11 – Overseas Expedition
Students in Year 11 have the opportunity to take part in an overseas expedition at the end of the GCSE exams, an excellent reward for the hard work and effort they put into their exams! The school has run expeditions to Nepal, the Andes, the Indian Himalaya and Morocco. The next trip is taking place in the summer of 2018 and will see 34 students in Year 11 undertake an eight day trekking expedition, culminating in climbing North Africa’s highest mountain, Toubkal (4167m). The aim of each expedition is to expose students to new cultures, amazing landscapes and develop within them team work, resilience and a passion for adventure and exploration. As with the mountaineering trip, the school provides these activities through Hebridean Pursuits to ensure the highest level of guiding experience and support. Future expeditions are in the pipeline, keep and an eye on the website for updates on these.
Sixth Form- Scottish Mountaineering
Students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to take part in a five day winter mountaineering trip to the West Coast of Scotland. The school is fortunate to have links with Hebridean Outdoor Pursuits; a guiding company based in Oban that specialise in delivering adventurous activities to young people. The guides we use all hold the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, the highest UK mountaineering qualification. This ensures that the instruction and safety of the groups is at the highest possible standard. We base ourselves in Glen Coe for the five days and have exclusive access to the Glen Coe Independent Youth Hostel. Whilst there students develop a range of skills that will enable them to safely enjoy the winter mountains. The aim of the trip is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge and awareness they will need to safely enjoy this environment independently. The hope is that many of the young people will go on to join university mountaineering clubs and be one step ahead of their peers in terms of being able to make safe and sensible decisions. Students also get the opportunity, weather permitting, to bag a couple of munros, a great achievement for any young person!